Dr. Walter Martins Warning to the Church (1988)
- Dr. Walter Martins Warning to the Church (1988)
(He was the original Bible Answer Man)
If you have your Bible, if you have your Bible I'd like you to turn
with me to Acts chpt. 20. I'd like to read a few verses from this
passage which I believe are very apropos today.
Talking to the elders in the church of Ephesus as he is preparing to
go to Jerusalem where he will be bound by the Jews, and later to die.
The apostle writes these words or speaks these words and Luke records
them. I take you to record this day v.26, Acts 20:26. That is a direct
quote from Ezek. 34 where the scripture says if you do not warn the
wicked man of his wicked and he dies in his sin, I will hold you
accountable for it. So we are suppose to warn the wicked of the
wickedness they perform and also of the judgment of God upon them. If
we don't we become accessories after the fact of their sins.
So, Ezek. 34 is what Paul is definitely referring to. I want you to
know I am free from the blood of all mankind because I am giving you
the whole counsel take heed there unto yourselves and all the flock
unto which the Holy Spirit has made you rulers. The Greek word
episcopos- a ruler to fend or tend therefore the church of God which
he has purchased with his own blood. "For I know this after I leave
you savage wolves shall enter in among you and will not spare the
flock." No mercy and notice this from your own selves men shall arise
speaking contrary things to draw away disciples after themselves.
Therefore watch and remember for a period of three years I did not
cease to warn everyone night and day to the point of tears." Now there
is a twofold warning to the Christian Church.
Now we are speaking this morning on the warnings of God, the warnings
of God. This passage tells you that after the apostles would leave the
Church there would be savage wolves, they are characterized as wolves.
Ravenous wolves who will enter in, and they will not spare the flock.
Which means they will attack the flock from without, they will
penetrate the sheepfold and they will chew up the sheep. Now thatâs as
clear as crystal right here. I know this after I leave, this is going
We have those savage wolves today. We have theologians in theological
Seminaries and departments of religions of schools who literally chew
up the flock. They chew up the people who are studying for the
ministry and then they spit them out into our pulpits where they can
chew us up. These are the savage wolves who come in not sparing the
flock. Apostateâs in positions of authority in the Christian Church.
Apostateâs who advocate the ordination of homosexuals, forbidden and
cursed of God. Apostateâs who deny the only Lord God and our Lord
Jesus Christ. Apostateâs who will ordain you if you deny the Trinity,
the deity of Christ, the virgin birth, the bodily resurrection, and
the 2nd coming. Apostateâs who dominate our denominational structures
and our educational institutions. Apostateâs who have come in and are
chewing up the church. That is very clearly stated here that we are to
lookout for these people. Paul said I warned you day and night for
three years to the point of tears. Very important.
Now there is a 2nd part of this that is seldom preached on because
when you preach on it people get upset in my ministry what else is
new. Itâs an occupational hazard because you have to tell them the
whole counsel of God. Notice Paulâs emphasis here, "I have not avoided
declaring unto you verse 27 "all or the whole counsel of God." The
whole counsel of God is to warn against the savage wolves, cultists
occultists, non Christian religionists, atheistic and skeptical
philosophers, psychologists whatever they may be, who have attacked
the church from without and some have penetrated and chewed up the church.
Now there's a 2nd warning from God, this warning is one the Church has
paid very little attention to and because we have paid so little
attention to it, it has thrived and become lethal. Why? Because what's
close to you that you don't see, it does you far more harm than
something you can get in perspective and easily identify. So letâs
take a good look at what he saying here. From your own selves v.30 you
ought to mark church itself, men will arise. It does not say possibly,
could, he said will arise. They will speak contrary the meaning of the
word in the Greek, King James says perversion, the word in the Greek
is contrary. They will speak contrary things for the purpose of
drawing disciples after them selves.
So the warning of God is against people in the church in positions of
leadership and respect. Who will draw disciples surrounding
themselves, whose allegiance is not to Christ, but to that person. And
they will draw the disciples after themselves from within the church
so that there is no accountability for what they say. Now this isn't
my message this is the Pauline counsel to the Church at Ephesus.
Warnings from the Holy Spirit. Look out for the wolves and lookout for
the divisive schismatic leaders who will split and fragment and divide
the church by attracting disciples to follow them.
Now the Scripture has many statements about false teachings and false
prophets. Mat.7 gives one of the most frightening passages in all
divine revelation it says and this is the lord Jesus speaking on the
subject ( --- dressed as sheep but inwardly or spiritually you are
dealing with savage wolves, you will know them by what they produce).
Now Jesus has said something else that the Church has forgotten today.
Jesus said in my name or if you want the actual meaning of the Greek
text, by my authority- name means authority.
When you say "stop in the name of the Law" to criminal fleeing, you
are saying stop by the authority of what? The law. The law says you
can't do that. Stop! When a King pronounces judgment in Old Testament
times and recent times until kings went out of fashion. In the world a
ruler person would say open the door in the name of the kingâ¦.
Alright once you get that concept in you mind Jesus said there will
come men who will speak claiming their authority is from me. Now get
that in your head carefully. There will come men who will speak in my
name. That is, I am supposedly saying this to you, that is a very
important phrase. There going to come and say I'm speaking to you in
Jesus in my name they will work miracles in my name they will cast out
devilsâ¦ they will prophesy and preach. But when I meet them I will say
leave me I never knew you workers of iniquity.
Why? Because they use his authority and his name, because the power
was in Jesus name, or Jesus' authority not in them. And God honored
the name of his Son. And they took that as a means of teaching there
own false doctrines and false prophecies and because of that they
corrupted the faith of the church. But inwardly, spiritually, they
really roooaaar! And if you don't know fleece from fur your dinner,
dumb dum. And the only way you can know fleece from fur is to know how
to test them. You don't test them by Walter Martin, or by Norman
Geisler, as good as the apologist and defenders of Christianity might
be and as much as you trust them. You don't test them by other people,
you test them by Scripture.
Then if your fidelity is the Scripture, and your allegiance is the
Scripture, you reject them! But says Paul in the last days, men are
going to be drawn away by false teachers and prophets in the church
speaking in the name of Jesus. And youâre not going to test them
youâre going to go along with them. And there gonna fragment and
divide the Church because you wont' test them.
Well its about time that we test them.
Kenneth Copeland delivered the following prophecy during a three day
victory campaign held in Dallas Texas. It is reproduced in the Voice
of Victory 20th anniversary of his ministry. Found on page 9 his
prophecy came from Jesus Christ, Copeland says, He quotes Jesus as saying:
"You remember in my word I said to my disciples this kind comes not
out by prayer and fasting." He's talking now about the power of
prayer. He goes on "Don't be disturbed (this is Jesus) when people
accuse you of being God. The more you get to be like me God. But I
didnât claim I was God; I just claimed I walked with Him and that He
was in Me. Hallelujah."
That is a lying spirit. Look at me read my lips. That is a lying
spirit. That is not the Holy Spirit. Now for ten years I have warned
and I'm on tape and in print on this. That we were heading into the
kingdom of the cults with the faith teachers. You are no longer
heading there baby, you are there!
Just so you are not mistaken let me give it to you again. Jesus speaking:
"The more you get to be like me (Jesus) the more there going to think
that way of you. They crucified me for claiming that I was God. But I
didnât claim I was God; I just claimed I walked with Him and that He
was in Me. Hallelujah." Thatâs what your doing."
Now this was on TBN this on Christian Television and radio stations.
This is tolerated by the Christian Church, particularly the
charismatic wing because they will not obey the Lord Jesus Christ and
they will not obey; what the Scripture says. They are taken by people
and ministries. And by large crowds and jet airplanes and by affluence
as supposedly the seal of success. If youâre big and youâre powerful
and youâre rich and people come to hear you, automatically it must be
from God. No! Automatically it isn't from God. Youâre supposed to test
what the person says by Scripture. And if you don't test it by
Scripture you can be taking in spiritual arsenic or cyanide and it can
ruin your Christian life and take your eyes off Christ. The Scripture
says it will overturn the faith in the Church.
This is far beyond doctrinal disputes. He speaks it in the name of
Jesus. He's a liar, and the truth is not in him. Isa. 8:20 "If they do
not speak according to this word they have, what? NO light in them,"
in fact the Hebrew says there is no dawn.
What deceives people about these false prophets is that out one side
of their mouth they preach the gospel and out of the other side of
their mouth they deny him who is the core of the gospel. And if you
donât put the two sides together you think youâre hearing
Christianity. But youâre not!. The false prophets know that to get
crowds they have to preach Christianity. The false prophets know that
in order to have financial support they have got to get the church to
contribute to them. So they will sound like the Church and they will
prophesy in Jesus name, they will heal in Jesus name they will work
miracles in Jesus name and then at the proper they will deny him.
How do you know he's a false prophet? Itâs easy he said so. I wonder
if people who read this THOUGHT! THOUGHT!
"They crucified me for claiming I was God, but I didn't claim I was
God." He didn't? Thatâs strange language, John chapter 8, "your father
Abraham rejoiced to se my day coming he saw it and he was glad. But
they said your not even 50 years old yet. You saw Abraham?" Jesus
said, "before Abraham came into existence I AM." And they reach for
stones to kill him. Who'd they think he was? Obviously God. John
Chpt.10 "for thy Good works we stone thee not but for blasphemy. That
you being a man make yourself out to be", Who? GOD!
Now we are dealing here with the doctrine of antichrist. And its not
coming from an apostate professor of a theological seminary its not
coming from a Jehovah's Witness that knocks on your door. It's not
coming from the Mormon missionary that peddles up. Its coming from
Kenneth Copeland on your television set on your radio and in print and
if you resist the false doctrines of antichrist elsewhere, why will
you not resist here?
The answer is very simple because people hear the gospel being
preached and they automatically assume that the person preaching is a
true prophet of God. No Jesus said, the false prophets can do it. They
only way you can find out is test them. I've not avoided declaring to
you the whole counsel of God for the space of ten years. I have told
you day and night to the point of rage.
Now itâs come full circle. There it is. Quote on TBN "Dogs beget dogs
cats beget cats, and God beget Gods, you are little Gods." Close
quote. Thatâs Kenneth Copeland on your television set. You are Gods!
No youâre not, your sinners saved by grace. And he's not a God, he's a
sinner professing to be a Christian, and denying in prophesy in the
name of Jesus what Jesus said. Thatâs a false prophet, I don't care
how you spell it, if you say but look at the healings, look at the
meetings, look at the miracles. READ Matthew Chapter 7, use your
brains. Jesus said thatâs exactly what's going to happen, there going
to preach and prophesy in my name. They do! In my name there gonna
work miracles, they do. In my name they cast out devils, they do! And
then they deny Him. Jesus said look out for them, because theyâre
here! And they are here now. They are on our television sets our
radios and print.
Now the question is, will you tolerate it? We should be bombarding TBN
and every Christian channel that produces and distributes this stuff.
And we should be telling them we will not support the doctrine of the
Anti-Christ. You may not do this with my money, and furthermore I'm
not going to send any money. And then in addition to that I'm going to
actively discourage everybody I know from sending you any money. And
when you hold financial support they listen, but not until.
So I'm suggesting over the Bible Answer Man program that we start
holding support to people and ministries that do this. And I'm going
to get a lot of flak, youâre going to hear a lot of people coming
after me, and I want you to know, I could care less. This is the
TRUTH, what I'm telling you is the truth and if it is a voice crying
in the wilderness itâs the truth. And the Holy Spirit will see to it
that they will listen. Because I am a prophetic voice in this and have
been for decades, of course I don't for a moment believe I am a
prophet, anymore than I believe I am an apostle. I'm a teacher, but
you can speak with a prophetic voice, you can exercise apostolic
office in given situations.
Believe me weâre in trouble, and if we don't something about really
quickly your going to be in more trouble than you know what to do
with. Because people keep accepting these as Christian
representatives. What weâre getting is the doctrine of anti-Christ. If
you deny that you don't know your Bible.
Jesus says through Copeland "I never claimed to be God." That is not
the Jesus of the Bible, you want me to tell you who it is, turn in
your Bible to 2 Cor.11, I will tell you who it is. V.3 "But I fear,
lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your
minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if
he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, â¦ a
different spirit â¦ a different gospel" â¦.Then he goes on to say that
there are false apostles, deceitful workman who transform themselves
on the outside to look like the ministers of Christ but inwardly you
are dealing with the imitation of Satan.
I don't bring judgment or play God, that is not my role or yours. But
if Jesus Christ said it and the New Testament teaches it and it is
Biblical theology and we reiterate what the text says we are not
playing God, we are being faithful to what God said.
Is Kenneth Copeland a Christian? If he is a Christian let him repent!
Let him apologize to the church, let him forsake these false
doctrines. He is not a God, he lies when he says anyone in the Church
is a God. He lies when he says Jesus Christ gave him this prophesy,
this did not come from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul calls Jesus our great God and savior Titus 2:13. Acts
chapter 20 which I just read says, God purchased the Church with his
own blood. Well who died on the cross? God in human flesh and
purchased the Church with his own blood. The whole new testament
declares the deity of Jesus Christ. "In the beginning was the word and
the word with God and the word was God." And Kenneth Copeland knows it
as well as I do! But he's denying it, when you take your eyes off
Scripture as the criterion for authority and you place it on
experience and on people, and on revelations, and on messages that
allegedly come from God, you are a set up for deception, youâre made
for it. Because you don't have any way to check it. But you must check it.
The title of his article is "Take time to pray." Thatâs the title
"Take time to pray." No take time to obey, take time to obey Christ
and to obey him is to proclaim him Lord of all. I am the alpha and
omega the beginning and the end the first and the last the Almighty
Rev. 1:7-8. Who is He? "He is coming with Clouds and every eye shall
see him and he is the almighty." Well thatâs what Christ said about
himself. Thomas said my Lord and my Jehovah. And worships him and
Jesus said because you have seen me you believe Blessed is they that
have not seen and believe.
Kenneth Copeland quoted every one of these verses and then in a
prophecy originating with Jesus Christ he can deny the identity of
Jesus Christ. You are now dealing with false prophets. I donât presume
to judge the eternal destiny of men that is not our task but I will
tell you one thing Biblically speaking If you say you are Christâs
property then you have Christâs spirit. Romans 8:9. And whoever does
not have Christâs spirit is not Christâs property. Christâs spirit
does not deny Jesus Christ. Christâs spirit exalts him. This is a
denial of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is Jesus speaking "I never said
I was God, never claimed to be God." No thatâs a lie, "let God be true
and every man a liar."
I want a repudiation of this and a removal of these men from the
Trinity Broadcasting Network station until they apologize to the
Christian Church and repent of this evil. And if they wonât, then it
must be the task of the Christian Church to oppose them vigorously,
publicly. And tell it to the whole Church. And read this until people
canât stand to hear it anymore. Until they will act on it. Donât you
dare talk about fidelity to Jesus Christ, and love to Jesus Christ and
allegiance to Jesus Christ and sit by while men deny him! Youâre gonna
be consistent then be consistent in obedience.
You may sit here and say "You sound very angry!" I am. I may be one of
Godâs last angry men, but Iâm angry for the right reason. Iâm in the
presence of the doctrines of the anti-Christ and I plan to be angry
that way the rest of my life. And if you donât hear me angry about
those kinds of doctrines please come and tell me as quickly as
possible, because I have defected from the ministry.
So Iâm going to ask you to covenant with me in prayer that God will
bring Kenneth Copeland to repentance for this blasphemy and there may
be a open apology and repudiation of it in the Christian Church. And
then until this is done we will remain constant in prayer and we will
not support what we know to be evil doctrine. If we do that God will
bless us and honor us, if we donât do it were gonna reap an awful harvest.
This morning was a very difficult message to preach, the warnings of
God. Because whenever you talk this way you bound to be misinterpreted
and people are bound to think somehow or another youâve got some ax to
grind and your after somebodyâs neck. Iâm not but if I sit still in
the presence of the doctrine of antichrist Iâm an accessory to those
doctrines and I fall under the condemnation of Acts chpt.20.
If you go further into revelation chpt.2 later on, you will find that
the Holy Spirit commends the Church in Ephesus, above all the seven
Churches because they tested these people, just as Paul told them to
and they found out they were liars. And the Spirit says, good job, you
did what you were suppose to do and he commends the Ephesians for it.
May God make us faithful in the tradition of the Ephesians. The lord
Jesus Christ paid the price for all sin on the cross. The Lord Jesus
Christ rose victoriously from the dead for our redemption we are saved
by his life. The Lord Jesus Christ has given us spirit so we can walk
with him, he has also given us his spirit so we might discern evil, as
well as good."